Caramel Apple Crisp - The best ever apple crisp! This easy apple crisp recipe calls for granny smith apples, apple cider, and gooey caramels! Topped with an amazing cinnamon crumble, this will be your new favorite fall dessert!
This post and recipe was originally submitted on September 6, 2016, and has been updated with new photos and a video!
Do you know what I love? This caramel apple crisp. Do you know what I hate? When Tuesday is Monday. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the long weekend. I'm like a happy little child at the park on the swings without a care in the world over the long weekend. Then, Tuesday comes and I'm all screwy for the rest of the week.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the long weekend. I'm like a happy little child at the park on the swings without a care in the world over the long weekend. Then, Tuesday comes and I'm all screwy for the rest of the week.
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I almost gave up on this post this morning, because apparently, my website hates me - or also hates when Tuesday is Monday. It completely boycotted me and refused to upload these delicious caramel apple crisp photos! But, I did not quit, I must get the caramel apple crisp to the people! So, I yelled at the computer a couple of times and that seemed to work. Or, it may have been that I restarted it. Things to ponder.
So, I yelled at the computer a couple of times and that seemed to work. Or, it may have been that I restarted it. Things to ponder.
If I could only choose one favorite fall flavored dessert, I'm pretty sure it would be this one. By pretty sure, I mean that I will probably change my mind with the next fall recipe I make. But, those soft warm cinnamony apples and that golden buttery brown sugar topping just get me. They make Tuesday as Monday seem ok.
But, those soft warm cinnamony apples and that golden buttery brown sugar topping just get me. They make Tuesday as Monday seem ok.
As you can see with your pretty little peepers, I happened to make this in my cast iron skillet. If you have a cast iron, I completely recommend using it when you whip up this goodness.
There is just something so "homey" to me about serving fall desserts right out of a hot skillet. If you don't, do not fear, you can use your 8x8 or 9x9 dish and this will still warm your heart in all of the ways possible.
I also want to mention something super spooky that happens in the fall, and I am definitely not talking about Halloween. I'm talking about spiders. Does anyone else see those creepy little (big....giant....HUGE) guys just pop out all over the place once the weather cools down a bit? I can't deal with this happening even though I know it will every year! I kind of give myself a pep talk before I step foot outside, that if I see a creepy crawly I can handle it because I'm a big girl.
I can't deal with this happening even though I know it will every year! I kind of give myself a pep talk before I step foot outside, that if I see a creepy crawly I can handle it because I'm a big girl.
When I don't handle it like a big girl, which is probably 98 percent of the time.....and I shriek and scream and run away and try not to cry. At least I have this dessert to cheer me up. Right?
Did I just freak you out with the spider talk?
Back to the caramel apple crisp, because dessert has nothing to do with spiders.
If you're going to bake up an apple crisp this fall, definitely make it this one. It's really easy to prepare! I use my potato peeler to peel up the apples because using a knife seems scary and it goes much faster this way. I have an apple slicer I use here as well, and then just cube those apples right up and toss them in the cast iron.
Get your lemon juice, cinnamon, and vanilla right on top and just toss it around with your hands. Or don't be a savage like me, and use a spoon if that's your thing.
Yep, I mix this up right in the pan. No need for fussiness here. We are looking for classic fall flavors, and that's what we produce here, no messy headache involved. Once you get your caramels on, all you need is a medium bowl to toss the topping together.
Easy as can be! Enjoy!
If you're looking for other delicious desserts, make sure you try the most popular dip recipe on my blog for this Key Lime Pie Cheesecake Dip!
Caramel Apple Crisp
- 5 Granny Smith apples peeled and cubed
- ½ Tsp cinnamon
- ½ Tsp vanilla
- ½ Cup Apple Cider
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 4 ounce package soft caramels
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- 1 Cup all purpose flour
- ¾ Cup packed brown sugar
- 1 Tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Stick softened butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 12 inch cast iron skillet or 8x8 or 9x9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- For the filling:
- Toss the peeled and cubed apples together with the cinnamon, vanilla, apple cider, and lemon juice together in a large bowl.
- Unwrap caramels and place on top of the apples.
- For the topping:
- In a medium bowl mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Add softened butter and mix well into the oat mixture with a fork.
- Scatter the topping evenly over the apples.
- Bake in preheated oven for 45-60 minutes until topping is golden brown and crisp is bubbly.